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University of British Columbia: Xwi7xwa Library

University of British Columbia

General Information

Facility: University of British Columbia Xwi7xwa Library
Address: 1985 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z2
Phone: (604) 822-8738
FAX: (604) 822-8944
Email: N/A
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm weekdays
Reference hours:  11:00am-3:00pm weekdays

For up-to-date hours and holiday closings, please visit the Xwi7xwa Library website.

About the Library:

Beginning as the Indian Education Resource Centre in the 1970s, the library became officially known as the Xwi7xwa Library in 1993, when the Native Indian Teacher Education Program collection was transferred to its newly built location, alongside the new Longhouse, by the First Nations House of Learning.

The Xwi7xwa (pronounced: whei-wha) Library was incorporated into the University of British Columbia Library System in 2005 after a unanimous recommendation by the Senate Library Committee to the president of UBC, who immediately accepted the proposal. As of January 2014, the Xwi7xwa Library is that only Aboriginal branch of a university library in Canada.

Summary of Collections

Collection size: As of January 2014 this important special collection contained nearly 11,500 items, none in Japanese. The Xwi7xwa Library is focused on providing information about the First Nations and other indigenous peoples, both of Canada and internationally. The majority of its collection is in English, with a supplemental collection in the native languages of the indigenous peoples.


Online catalog:


The University of British Columbia's digital repository, cIRcle is an open access initiative created by the UBC community. It is designed to showcase and preserve the university's intellectual work while keeping it freely available to anyone on the web. For more information, please read the "Getting Started with cIRcle" webpage.

Online Resources

A list of all the research guides developed and maintained by the University of British Columbia. These include the research guides developed by Xwi7xwa Library staff, including Indian residential school systems in Canada, Aboriginal studies, and more.

How to Use the Facility

Library cards
The University of British Columbia library system requires a library card for use. A library card can be obtained onsite at the main library. Further directions for obtaining a library card, and its potential cost, can be found here.

Self-service photocopying and printing is available with a UBC Library photocopy/printing card, which can be obtained at a card machine at any of the branch libraries or circulation desks. Cards require a $1 refundable deposit.

The price of a photocopy or printed page is 7¢ for black and white, or 40¢ for color. A page is defined by the university as one side of a 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.
For up-to-date photocopying and printing costs and policies, please visit UBC's Photocopying page.

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